Thursday, June 30, 2011

Authentic Style Series: June 2011 Features

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Thank you to all the gals who linked up to the inaugural Authentic Style linky party inspired by the style of Donna at Funky Junk Interiors! If you missed out, you can still link up!!

I enjoyed perusing all of the linked posts. It's amazing how the components of Donna's style (rustic, nature's elements, unique, authentic, clean lines, and creative) can look so similar yet so different when other people put their own personal style spin on them.

Because there were so many outstanding projects, I'm going to feature 10 of my many favorites from the gals that linked up AND included a party button in their post or sidebar. Here they are...

Bait bucket pendant lamp at The 1829 Farmhouse

Barnwood headboard and all kinds of rustic details at Buckets of Burlap.

Metal dresser makeover at MommaHen.

Silverized bird's nest at Cottage Hill.

Garage door turned craft room organizer at Pine Needle Hill.

Vintage door hardware as curtain tie-back at Meridian Road.

Glass bottle stoppers as bud vases at Cottage Hill.

Brilliant arrangement of nature-inspired objects at four corners design.

Display of aqua glass in the sunlight at Chipping with Charm.

Living Room bookcase wall after
Beach mat lined bookcase at Harbour Breeze.

Thanks sharing your authentic style, ladies!
Please grab an Authentic Style award...

WhisperWood Cottage

Coming July 10!
I look forward to seeing more of your authentic style
in the second Authentic Style Series post.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Simple Window Sill Display from a Far Off Land

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Hello, everyone! You may or may not have noticed a lapse in posts here recently. With the inaugural "Authentic Style Series" post and linky party featuring Donna at Funky Junk Interiors on the main page of the WWC blog the past couple weeks, I hopped on a jet plane and landed somewhere fabulous. Can you guess where? A little teaser photo above for you. 

I enjoyed the trip and being unplugged for a while. Once the jet lag passes by and I build up some steam, I'll share some photos and details of the trip, if you are interested.

In the mean time, make sure you link up to the June Authentic Style Series linky party! :) I'll be featuring some favorites soon.

Friday, June 10, 2011

AUTHENTIC STYLE SERIES & LINKY PARTY: Featuring Donna at Funky Junk Interiors

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What is the Authentic Style Series?

It's the opportunity to...
  • Meet featured bloggers who have an authentic and unique style.
  • Learn how those inspiring bloggers describe their own style.
  • Reflect on how they inspire the style at WhisperWood Cottage.
  • Share your own authentic spin on the featured blogger's style by linking up.

Today's Authentic Style featured blogger is:

Thanks for having me over your way today, Amy! I've long admired your own style so it's an honor that my look appeals to you. :)

How I'd describe my style really can't be put even in one sentence. Funky Farmhouse? Rustically Rusty? How about Sanford & Son in their Sunday Best? No idea. I struggle with a title for what my look represents. So here's how I achieve my look.

I love the look of something used for many many years. It's earth friendly and speaks comfort to me. I grew up in an old farm house that wasn't fussy or fancy so that feeling of home has simply carried through to my own.

Nature's elements
Metal, wood, stone, brick, twigs, plants, you get the idea. I love the look of something nature made as opposed to man made. While hard elements can cool off a room pretty quick, warming it with just the right enhancements (fake plants are my best friend) does the trick.

I can only make one thing one time. After that, my eyes glaze over. I have to challenge myself constantly with something new or the task simply turns from creative to mundane.  I come up with my ideas by simply dreaming it. Once the image is in focus, that hammer or paintbrush is in my hand within seconds!

I enjoy the beauty of an object in it's natural authentic state. I  do love crafted objects, however I personally gravitate towards the clean, uninterrupted and less frilly.

I also prefer to find authentic antiques, but I've been known to make something new look old on occasion if I can't find what I'm after, can't afford it or it isn't feasible, such as the stairs above.

Clean lines
I'm not a frilly person. One exception would be my bedroom. But you won't see a lot of ruffles, lace or curvy carved woods in my home. I love the bold statement simple lines make. Examples would be a ladder or the frames of a simple sawhorse end. I think they are gorgeous. :)

I prefer to find things for free or next to nothing because it enforces creativity. Nothing ticks my clock more than creating a one of a kind desk from a pile of pallet wood as opposed to painting up a ready made one.

Funky Junk Interiors

Amy's Reflection on Donna's Style

I am a long-time admirer of Donna, her never-ending talents, and her totally unique style. The elements of Donna's style...rustic, nature's elements, unique, authentic (found objects & antiques), clean lines, creative (thrifty)...are things each of us have probably incorporated into our home in one way or another. The only difference is that we do them in our own unique way. Here's how I've used Donna's elements in my own home...

I have a great appreciate for patina and aged elements. While my rustic pieces often involve vintage metal pieces, Donna's version of rustic usually involves wood aged to perfection by weather, use, and other kinds of wear. I think Donna would be a great fan of this use of a rustic wooden ladder and metal hanging baskets.

Vertical Storage with Vintage Wire Baskets & an Antique Ladder

Nature's Elements...
I've used seashells, plants (faux, real, and even metal), bees'/hornets' nests, and birds' nests in my decor. Here's one featuring a set of birds' nests on a vintage bunsen burner stand. I have a love/hate relationship with plants...faux vs. real. Live plants least to begin with, but faux have a much better chance at survival at WWC. Donna has taught be that faux can be fab!

Whimsical Spring Display: Birds' Nests, Eggs & Bunsen Burner Stand

I definitely like to use things in unique ways. My favorite muses are often vintage signs. I love to use them as artwork and put them in unexpected places. The greyhound sign below is my favorite and has become a bit of mascot of WhisperWood Cottage. One of the things I admire most about Donna is her insane ability to make the coolest things using typography. I am completely inspired by her staircase!

Authentic (found objects & antiques)...
Finding authentic vintage and antique pieces is a favorite pastime of mine. Being able to preserve these bits of history by incorporating them into the design of my home is rewarding. The barn style door was rescued from a university renovation in Nebraska, the barn track and trolley was salvaged from the demolition of an 1800s barn in Wisconsin, the pillar come from an estate in Minnesota, the door stops are  large metal shipping/fishing floats. These pieces have stories that long to be told...and I love telling them!

Master Bedroom Makeover: Barn-Style Door #2

Clean Lines...
Like Donna, frilly is not often on my style agenda; however, I love a blend of clean lines and curvaceous objects. In the master bedroom, the clean lines of the bed, pillar, rug, and horizontal planks on the walls are balanced by the curves of the chair, lamps, and sign.

Making History in the Master Bedroom

Creativity (thriftiness)...
Who doesn't like thrifty finds? Donna has the amazing ability to take free or inexpensive finds and do spectacular things with them. I love simple finds like the $1 garage sale tray that folds up for storage. It's simple but fun finds like this that make garage sales, auctions, flea markets, thrift stores, and the occasional dumpster the source of my next inspired design.

$1 Garage Sale Tray

Do you see elements of YOUR authentic style
in the elements of Donna's style?

Do you have elements of Donna's style...rustic, nature's elements, unique, authentic (found objects & antiques), clean lines, creative (thriftiness)...incorporated into your home? If so, show us by linking up below! 

Link up as many posts as you like that correspond with Donna's style elements of rustic, nature's elements, unique, authentic (found objects & antiques), clean lines, creative (thrifty).

If you link up, please include the Authentic Style button in your post or on your sidebar!


Nature's Elements...


Authentic (found objects & antiques)...

Clean Lines...

Creativity (thriftiness)...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summer Memories: Remembering and Creating

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As the season of grills and bbq's, lawn mowing, and water sports steals upon us, the weather has finally reached summer status here in the north. While I know my friends in southerly parts of the country have been living in warm temps the past few months and are probably enduring sweltering heat about this time, we were pretty happy to break 80 degrees this past weekend. We've finally traded in power outages due to snowstorms for power outages due to thunderstorms.

With all that summer brings, it also brings me such fond memories of summers gone by. As a young child, it was games of tag, hours of swimming, and berry-stained feet. As a teen, it was never-ending basketball in the driveway, softball leagues, and cruising around the Madison capitol with my high school friends. As a young adult, it was summer jobs, volleyball tournaments, and cookouts with college roommates. Now, it involves building in time for travel, time at the lake with Ron and Tanner, and looking forward to the annual family get-together at the cabin. My, how time changes.

This whole line of thinking was inspired by an email I received from Barb at Barb & Dell Designs. When I posted the other day about using my vintage Shore Station Hoist as wall art and showing close-ups of the Shore Station, she said that she also had one she was going to put in her garden. Barb's Shore Station is exactly like mine...with some extra patina! It looks fabulous in her garden

These cast-off Shore Station hoists are simple reminders of fond summer memories at the lake with my grandparents. The ski boat was yellow and white. I loved spinning the hoist to lift the boat out of the water. I loved watching my dad and other relatives water ski...especially the slalom. 

I remember the first time learning how to ski...
  • how many times I was pulled under, 
  • how much water went up my nose, 
  • the glorious feeling of finally getting up, 
  • the excitement of going out over the wake, 
  • the terror of coming back in over the wake, 
  • the OMG of picking up speed when the boat turned, 
  • the whap of falling, 
  • and the triumph of pulling up close to the dock and letting go of the rope for a smooth landing. 
It could have been yesterday. How lucky I am to have such fond and cherished memories...they are truly a gift from the Creator. In recognizing this, my goal for this and future summers is to go out and create more wonderful memories that I can hold with me for a lifetime.

Do you have past summer memories that feel like yesterday? Do you have plans to create your own this summer? If not, why not?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Giveaway Over at The DIY Club!

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Have you heard of TGIF? It stands for "The Giveaway is Friday," but the giveaway is actually all month long over at The DIY Club! This month is featuring choice of one of three artwork designs from Where the Grass is Always Greener. My favorite is the collage above that says "What courage it takes to believe in a dream." Encouraging, creative, and beautiful. I love the mix of neutral materials. I could definitely find a spot for this at WhisperWood Cottage!

To see the other choices and to enter for your own chance to win, head over to the June TGIF giveaway at The DIY Club. I'll race you over there!...

DIY Club

Thursday, June 2, 2011

INTRODUCING: The Authentic Style Series at WhisperWood Cottage

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What is the Authentic Style Series?

It's the opportunity to...
  • Meet featured bloggers who have an authentic and unique style.
  • Learn how those inspiring bloggers describe their own style.
  • Reflect on how they inspire the style at WhisperWood Cottage.
  • Share your own authentic spin on the featured blogger's style.
The first featured Authentic Style blogger is coming up June 10. Stay tuned for the surprise! I know you have been or will be inspired by her as much as I am. She's creative, thrifty, and funky.

There are even multiple themed linky parties (6 to be exact!) inspired by this mystery person's authentic style. The themes are a surprise, too, so be ready for anything! I'll be looking for projects and bloggers to feature!

Please spread the word by sharing the button in a post or on your sidebar.

See you here for the first Authentic Style Series post on June 10!